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Hello!

I took the GMAT last week and scored 700 (Q49, V37, IR6). Although I am largely disappointed with the verbal score (I easily scored 40+ in practice tests, but timed the section awfully during the main deal), I wonder if I should spend more time and effort in retaking the GMAT, given the fact that 700 is respectable and within the +/- 50 range from the average score of top B schools.

I am working on applications for a PhD in business (Marketing). Post my MBA in 2009 (cgpa 3.95 from a reputed international university in Asia), I have worked for 4-5 years in the Product Management function of a the manufacturing sector.

My undergraduate degree was a B. Tech in Electronics engineering from India. I have worked in the Software industry for the first two years of my professional life.

As an MBA student, I worked on two interesting consulting projects which involved substantial research work, experiences which I hope will stand my PhD application in good stead. The first was as team member of an extensive university-industry collaboration consulting project, for a Finnish telecommunications company. The second was as an independent consultant (this was an Internship) for a Switzerland based logistics company. both projects involved conducting feasibility studies and formulating suitable market entry strategies for the companies.

In my 8 years of professional experience, I have worked and studied in Europe and Thailand, besides India in industries ranging from Public Relations to Water Technologies, apart from the ones already mentioned above.

I would like to enumerate my questions regarding my prospective application below, and sincerely hope you would help me out with some pointers:
1. Should I retake the GMAT?
2. How much should I harp on my varied professional experiences? Are they an advantage at all for a PhD application?
3. With regards to community service, I have taken part in activities related to environment and children's education. Will these experiences help make my application stronger?
4. Most schools have mentioned a "preference" for letters of recommendation from academics over industry persons. However, I think I will be able to manage only 60% of the letters from academics. Will this be a significant disadvantage? If so, I will try to reach out to more professors from my MBA times (does not help that I have not been in touch with most of them in the last 6 years)

Thank you for your consideration. Really appreciate your time!

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1. Should I retake the GMAT?

No. Is good.Focus on the rest of your application to make it stronger

2. How much should I harp on my varied professional experiences? Are they an advantage at all for a PhD application?

No per se is not so much important. Because PhD is not work experience oriented but research oriented. i.e. whether you are good at as researcher and maybe as professor later. It is taken in account but not so much. However, it depends

3. With regards to community service, I have taken part in activities related to environment and children's education. Will these experiences help make my application stronger?

That's is well evaluated

4. Most schools have mentioned a "preference" for letters of recommendation from academics over industry persons. However, I think I will be able to manage only 60% of the letters from academics. Will this be a significant disadvantage? If so, I will try to reach out to more professors from my MBA times (does not help that I have not been in touch with most of them in the last 6 years)

No. it is fine as well

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Thanks for your tips - much appreciated!

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